Rio's favelas to accommodate visitors to 2016 Olympics

With one year to go, Rio hopes for lasting change.  For most foreign visitors to Rio de Janeiro, the thought of spending the night in one of the city's favelas or shanty towns is a scary proposition.

Cusco named Latin America’s best city for third time

For third year in a row, Cusco city has been named top destination in the Mexico & Central & South America category of the U.S. travel magazine Travel+Leisure, which conducted a survey aimed at its readers and frequent travelers.

US cruise company to sail to Cuba

The world's largest cruise company, Carnival Corp, says it has received approval from the US government to offer trips to Cuba from Miami.

In Chile’s Elqui Valley, Intergalactic Sightseeing Is the Star

Mamalluca is one of about a dozen observatories in northern Chile’s Elqui Valley region that cater to astrotourists (once known simply as stargazers). An oasis in an otherwise arid landscape, the roughly 90-mile-long valley stretches from the Pacific Ocean eastward into the Andean foothills.

Offbeat Bogotá

Bogotá bound: things to know before you arrive. If you're making your way to Colombia by air, there's a pretty good chance that Bogotá

Argentina's Mendoza wine route: top 10 guide

Mendoza’s spectacular Andean scenery is heady enough, and that’s before you even start on the wine. Here’s our pick of where to go for tastings, the best restaurants and where to sleep it all off

Yage Tourism: Vomiting and visions in Colombia

People have traveled from as far as Spain, the United States and Germany to take the potion, a hallucinatory drug that some compare to LSD or peyote. After chanting in a singsong cadence and spreading a pungent incense around the maloka, Mutumbajoy warns the celebrants about some side effects of the "purification" ritual.

Hotspot Chile! (And not just for football)

If you happen to find yourself Chile-bound over the next three weeks or so and are ignorant of football, you might be in for a little shock.

Mérida: Almost perfect

The very mention of Venezuela to most people these days conjures up images of danger, political strife and economic woes. And by all accounts, such thoughts are not far off the mark.

US approves licenses for passenger ferry service with Cuba

The US Treasury Department has approved licenses for passenger ferry service between the United States and Cuba, a Treasury Department official announced.

Cuba calling: US Tourist flood expected

OK, it's a bit too soon to start calling it the new 51st state (Puerto Rico, prepare to take a step back), but the United States' influence on its once politically-isolated island neighbour, Cuba, is set to grow substantially.

The land of trout and gauchos

In the remote valley of the Cisnes there is no phone signal and no wi-fi. Even people are few and far between. But there is one thing that draws in tourists - the trout, as Tom Fort found on a fly-fishing trip to Patagonia.

Astro-boom offers big bang for the buck in Chile

Chile will host 70 percent of global astronomic infrastructure by 2020 - with a boom in tech innovation and tourism.

Helping Brazil's tribal groups benefit more from tourism

Sitting quietly in the corner of the wooden hut, wearing a crown made from bright blue feathers, the elder - or paje - of a small tribal village in the Amazon rainforest looks on.

Pantanal: Latam liquid heart

Each year this enormous basin is engulfed with rainwater bringing with them an amazing diversity of life to the dry grasslands. 

U.S. Will Ease Restrictions on Travel to Cuba

The United States government on Friday will begin making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba than it has been for more than half a century

Introducing South America


La Vida Musical

Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforest, Patagonian glaciers, Incan ruins, colonial towns, white-sand beaches and vertiginous nightlife: the wonders of South America set the stage for incredible adventures.

How to climb a South American volcano

There is something magical about volcanoes. In the mind’s eye, their ice-frosted peaks rise perfect and cylindrical, topped with cotton-wool wisps of white smoke like the mystical mountains of fairy tales.

How Travel to Cuba May Change

President Obama’s order on Dec. 17 to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years has many ramifications,

The hunt for a peaceful Honduras

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I was skin-diving in Utila, a Caribbean island located about 29km north of Hondur...

Mexico's Punta Mita

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Within a few minutes, our group of eight swimmers entered a craggy tunnel, emergi...

In Bolivia, awe-inspiring scenes at every turn

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But where similarly striking landscapes in neighbouring Peru or southern Chile s...

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